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Fri, Mar. 11th, 2011, 11:28 am
starladear6: Anti Spam! Enabled captchas to post!

Hey all,

aki_no_kaze kindly told me how to turn on the anti-spam feature that requires all posters to solve a captcha before posting. Thanks Aki!

Sorry for the tiny inconvenience to the community, but I know how much you all hate spam, so I felt this would be a small price to pay for a little peace and quiet. :)

Please send all your flowers of gratitude to aki_no_kaze. :) I just pushed the buttons.

Edit: Actually, apparently aki told me how to do this SEVEN WEEKS AGO according to the timestamp on the email. I only now saw it because I got a new spam notification and dealt with it, then noticed an unread email that explained this.

I'm terribly sorry for not turning this feature on immediately. I'll try to be a better moderator from now on. :)

Sat, Mar. 12th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
codeman38

How to do this, BTW:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/manage.bml

Click "settings" next to synaesthesis.

Check off "Moderated membership", as well as one of the two options for Community Moderation (preferably the one involving whitelisted links-- that'll allow text-only posts to go through unscathed). Also make sure that "All members" is checked-- then remove any Russian spammers who do make it through the cracks.

I'd also be willing to be a co-moderator; it's far easier for me to spot Russian spammers trying to apply to the comm than trying to make sure the letters in a CAPTCHA are in the right order.

Sat, Mar. 12th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
starladear6

I can look into this in more detail.

At first glance, I felt that moderated membership would do more to stifle community growth than actually solve the problem of spam. I'd like to keep this community as open as possible and was not confident that I'd be available to reply and investigate membership requests in a timely fashion.

Most people who want to join a community expect instant responses. If made to wait even a few hours on the internet, some folks lose confidence in the site or the moderator or the community.

Let me put some more thought into this and take a closer look at how this could work. perhaps I could set up some kind of moderation committee within the community who could do the job of "investigate and approve applicants".

I appreciate you telling me about the problems with the captchas. It seems like that should be a no-brainer in this sort of community. Sorry about that.

Sat, Mar. 12th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
starladear6

Reply 2:

I just noticed when I submitted my last reply that the captchas have an audio challenge alternative way to authenticate exactly for accessibility reasons. I'm curious: have you tried the audio challenge? That seems to be there exactly for this sort of accessibility situation.

Sat, Mar. 12th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
codeman38

The audio challenge is even less decipherable.